Publisher Bandai Namco has announced today that highly anticipated JRPG sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has been delayed in North America from January 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018.
President and CEO of Level-5, Akihiro Hino, cited the implementation of new modes as reason for the significant delay. Though the man didn’t go into detail as to what these new modes entail, he did disclose that more information surrounding them will be shared at a later date.
The CEO’s full comments are as follows: “As you all know, Level-5 is committed to delivering the highest levels of design and quality in each of our titles. The development of our latest project, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you, our fans. In an effort to constantly innovate, we’ve also implemented new modes in Ni no Kuni II, including the new Skirmish and Kingdom Modes.
However, with innovation and new ideas comes the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive way; this means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni no Kuni II experience meets our highest quality standards. So today, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni no Kuni II’s worldwide release date to March 23, 2018. We will be sharing more news about Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to our new launch date. On behalf of everyone at Level-5, I want to thank you all for your patience and continued support.”
A new video highlighting the game’s Japanese voice cast was also released and can be found here.
Though today’s announcement is unfortunate for JRPG fans out there, there should still be plenty of games from 2017 to tide us over until then.
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